Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award

Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering.  Since starting his academic career in 1989 at UCLA, and then at Yale, he has mentored 30 Ph.D. students and 22 postdocs, with ~ 2/3 holding academic positions at major research universities.  Professor Elimelech has published over 260 refereed journal papers and these papers have a citation record in excess of 19,500 citations.  Recognition for his groundbreaking contributions to basic research in physical and chemical treatment processes includes the 2005 Clarke Prize and election to the National Academy of Engineering.  While his research productivity is remarkable, he has also been recognized for his leadership in education.  He founded the Environmental Engineering Program at Yale University which has gained national and international prominence for excellence in research and education. He has received several awards in recognition his dedication to education and mentoring including the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, Yale University Graduate Mentor Award, and Yale University Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize.  It is clear that Professor Elimelech epitomizes the ideals in teaching, research and service that his mentor Charles O’Melia instilled in his students.

Menachem Elimelech, Yale University
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